A delegation from Takoradi Technical University-Ghana (TTU) led by Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victor Kweku Bondzie Michah, visited Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for consultations on a possible collaboration between the two institutions, May 4, 2021.
The delegation had earmarked JKUAT as a notable University in the region with significant depth and breadth of excellence in engineering, built and natural environment, applied sciences and business, which are the core programmes offered at the Technical University.
“Searching through the list of universities and their relevance towards achieving the core mandate of our growing institution, we found JKUAT to be one of the distinguished universities in Africa worth benchmarking with and hopefully collaborate with, in mentoring our young university that was Chartered in 2016,” said Prof. Kweku.
The discussions held by both JKUAT and TTU centred on mutual interests in several areas, including students/staff exchange, technology and innovation sharing, bilateral conferences in selected disciplines among others.
“Having established how advanced JKUAT is, in terms of programmes exposure, bilateral conferences, technology, research and innovations, Takoradi Technical University wishes to establish a relationship for mutual interests in these areas,” said TTU Registrar, Dr. Moses Maclean Abnory.
While welcoming the delegation to JKUAT, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua appreciated the interest that Takoradi Technical University had established with JKUAT and noted that JKUAT reveres inter-university collaborations and will do her best to make the partnership work.
“The Vice Chancellor’s (Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi) vision is anchored on research and innovation and I believe that these sort of collaborations play a vital role in attaining that vision,” averred Prof. Kinyua.
Registrar Academic Affairs, Dr. Esther Muoria, said that JKUAT’s vision of being a University of global excellence in training, research, innovation and entrepreneurship for development has made the institution a focal point of reference by local and regional institutions on the quality of programmes and research.
“Over the years, JKUAT has mentored 8 public universities, 7 private universities and 4 middle-level colleges in the country and the region at large,” attested Dr. Muoria.
For a successful collaboration, Dr Muoria, said both universities need to identify special niche areas of each institution and forge collaborative research and innovations in those areas.
The delegation was also received by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance, Prof. Bernard Ikua, Director, Research and Innovation, Dr. John Kinyuru and Mr. Steve Otema representing Director, Linkages who likewise appreciated the delegation’s visit and pointed out that JKUAT was eager to work with TTU even in preliminary research-related activities such as writing joint grants proposals.